How to Plan a New Project


Our kids are capable of big bold fireworks in this world and in last week’s post I talked about the best way to help them keep ideas sparking as they grow.

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Next is developing a game plan, because without one, many ideas get stuck before they get started.

Have you ever been so excited about an idea that you jump in, only to realize you don’t have what you need to make it happen? A good plan always increases the likeliness of success and we can teach our kids how to get prepared with these three easy steps:


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Three tips for making art at home

Whether you are taking a Thrive art lesson or having an impromptu art extravaganza at the kitchen counter, here are three things to keep in mind to make it stress free and maximize the fun.

Set the scene. Have you ever tried to focus on something and the tv was blaring, or there was a mess everywhere? It’s not easy. Same goes with art. Provide your child with a peaceful semi-organized setting for their art making activity. Soft music without lyrics is a great way to set the tone.


Be prepared. Have the materials out and ready at arms-reach before beginning. Most important supply- paper towels! I learned this the hard way when my 2 year old walked through paint spilled on the floor and continued to run across the carpet as I chased his colorful little footprints down the hall.



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Why Draw?

Do you remember being asked in elementary school to write and illustrate stories? For me, the drawing part was always discouraging. I loved to write tales about living on our farm and especially about my horse but I couldn’t draw one for the life of me. In fact, I stopped drawing all together after multiple attempts that felt like failures.  It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized that everyone can learn to draw, we just need to learn how!

Watch this video to learn some of the awesome benefits of drawing.

How has drawing made a difference in your life? I’d love to hear your stories!


Tip-Why-Draw from Thrive Art School on Vimeo.